Only now we can clearly see that this video, which was made in 1988, is about one thing: JC Lodge dreaming of a cellphone.
She wants to dance on a windy beach with a cellphone, she wants to talk to her lover on a cellphone, but the technology has not been commodified yet. All she can do is use her imagination: "When you call, I feel so good..."
Another thing about this tune: "Gregory Isaacs' 'Rumours' produced by Gussie, was the biggest hit on the Island the summer of 1988. J.C Lodge's 'Telephone Love', using the same 'Rumours' riddim, was the biggest reggae hit of the same year in the United States" (Wikipedia).
by Dave Segal
on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 5:22 PM
Here's one more bowel-voiding track to get you in the Halloween spirit: Shlohmo's "Trapped in a Burning House" from his recent Bad Vibes album. This video is on some Blair Witch Project-style of hovering menace induced by an anonymous perspective and shaky/blurry camera work. Beyond that, "Trapped in a Burning House" sounds like early Swans remixed by the Low End Theory all-stars. Seriously heavy downer aura, bro.
Quiet as kept, the man known to most as Macklemore is a dude with a ridiculous sense of humor (I think of one of his finest moments, the hilarious "Stay At Home Dad"). I have a theory that he doesn't quite think that this particular side of him is always appropriate, or consistent with the inspirational, aspirational Macklemore persona that is beloved by his (far as I can tell, mostly) young fans, however; so he created an alter ego, the excess-driven hornball glam star Sir Raven Bowie, to own these raunchy tendencies. I guess you could call Sir Raven Bowie Macklemore's Sasha Fierce.
My friend Hannah Woodroofe is getting her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. She's been living in Youngstown, Ohio for the past 4 years studying urban decay. Last week she sent Emily Nokes and I a box with two terrifying masks that she'd her friend Aspasia made from canvas, paint and rubber bands. Lacey saw the masks and figured how to make replicas so we could have a roving gang of people in masks. I bought a Victorian night shirt on eBay two years after seeing the movie The White Ribbon. I never really wore it because it's pretty rigid, so I used that as the rest of my costume. I put it on and Lacey Swain and I rolled around in wet dirt in my front yard.
My favorite part about Halloween in Seattle is the party at Keith Whiteman from Grave Babies' house. There's always the best people, a bonfire, and super good bands. We found a secret parking space labeled "FOR TERIYAKI MADNESS ONLY." We got there just in time for Rachel Ratner & Matt Nice's new band Wimps, a three piece who totally ruled. They're somewhat like Rachel's last band, Butts, but with one more person and more serious songs. Sweet guitar leads, great double vocals. That basement room smells like cat pee, but music sounds really good in there. It's what I always imagine as the best place to see a band at a party: sweaty, loud, people swaying. Jordan T. Adams was doing his point dance. Cousin Brian had a flask thermos of vodka. I handed people packages of Whoppers and Dots.
Whoa, have you guys seen this yet? It seems Annie Clark—that's St. Vincent to you, pal—stopped by Greenpoint's Shangri-La Studio and taped a phenomenal four-song session with her label, 4AD. The videos from the bout have been parading around the internet all morning, but it's far too good to not post here, just in case End Hits is the ONLY BLOG YOU READ. (Okay, fine, that's a ridiculous assumption; just in case End Hits and BroBible.com are the only blogs you read.)
Below is the video for "Surgeon," off St. Vincent's recently-released and very fantastic third album, Strange Mercy. It's a dramatic clip—especially with Clark's heavily-painted and contorting face projected behind her at 100x the size— but it fits the song (and truly, the whole mood of the album) quite well. WATCH IT NOW.
To watch the rest of this session, and for more from 4AD, head here.
Seattle Interactive is a two-day event concerning "the convergence of online technology, creativity, and emerging trends in one of the world's most innovative cities." It's in its first year, starts tomorrow, and it's got some afterparties you may be interested in (if you're a registered SIC attendee). Ladies, if you're looking for a well-to-do nerd man, they'll be concentrated at these places:
First of all: Shabazz Palaces, who reignited my allegiance to their live show at the Triple Door City Arts Fest performace (as I've said, it's the ideal venue for them), Showbox at the Market Wednesday night, and Mudhoney play the official closing party at Showbox Sodo. Tomorrow night, Battle of the Geek Bands at Showbox SODO. See the release after the jump.
Also, Thursday at noon:
Digital Music Panel Nick Harmer - Death Cab for Cutie Tim Bierman - Pearl Jam Fan Club Manager Sir-Mix-A-Lot - Rhyme Cartel Records Aaron Starkey - KEXP Hosted by Ross Reynolds - Senior Host/Producer at KUOW-FM
Transforming the Digital Music Frontier Join entertainment luminaries for an introspective look at the digital music frontier. Get true insiders’ perspectives on how interactive technology and platforms have disrupted the music industry—and how the industry has responded and adapted in an environment of apps, pirates, file sharing sites and storage in the cloud. Other discussion topics will cover what ownership and access means in the world of DRM (Digital Rights Management), varied online subscription models and where the music industry goes from here.
by Dave Segal
on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM
Portland pianist/composer Ben Darwish and his 10-piece band Commotion are paying tribute to Talking Heads—"the greatest new wave band of all time," Darwish states—tonight at Nectar Lounge. The press release says: "Comprised of highly danceable arrangements and derangements of this unique music featuring a full rhythm section, horn section, and three singers, Commotion will turn Talking Heads upside down."
Let's hope they do "Drugs," the weirdest and most Eno-esque Talking Heads song. (Also, '80s attire is encouraged. And they were doing so well there for a while...)
If Only Every Other County Could Follow Australia's Lead But Really Keep Them Out:Kings of Leon were set to arrive down under for a series of re-scheduled gigs from March, before a labor dustup between Qantas Airlines and three of its unions led to the band's delay in entering the country. The drummer then said some mean things about the airline company on Twitter.
I Don't Have Any Spooky Videos to Share: But Jon Wurster and Robert Pollard both have their bday on Halloween, so here's a crummy video of them playing together for my favorite solo Pollard song "The Numbered Head" (and OK, if you squint hard enough, everybody looks like a ghost onstage).
"Open the Gates" provides a taster of the new Thee Cormans* LP, fittingly titled Halloween Record w/ Special Effects. An entire set of this kind of super-charged surf-garage might drive me around the bend, but it's a kick in small doses.
I haven't heard the rest of the thing yet, but the song titles promise an abundance of noise and attitude, especially #8: 1) Haunted Sea, 2) Fagenstein's Freak Out, 3) Creature's Crawl, 4) The Number Six, 5) Into the Unknown, 6) The Creep, 7) Satanismo, 8) Ape Rape, 9) Surf Shack of Doom, 10) Spider the Fly, 11) Surfer Hag, 12) Werewolves in Heels, and 13) Open the Gates.
* Yes, they list Roger Corman as a friend on MySpace (I was hoping for Harvey).
Here is a time waster for today, it's based on the same premise of "6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon," but way more entertaining...'cause, you know, it's Sabbath, MAN! You know the premise of this silliness, right? Via Kevin Bacon you can tie EVERYONE, like ever, that has been in movies to well, Kevin Bacon in 6 leaps and with this you can link every band/musician/producers/extended family in some random band to Black Sabbath. It's like those confusing Trouser Press lineage maps, but without the maze of lines...or, Kevin Bacon without all the Kevin Bacon.
Actually it doesn't ALWAYS make the leap in six degrees. I plugged in John Cotrane --> Black Sabbath and there were ten degrees, but um...lemme see...Shelia E?! Six degrees to Sabbath!!! Have at it!
There are about 8,000,000 Halloween playlists on the internet. And here's one more! Seven songs, all local bands (Russian Circles counts because a) they're scary as fuck and b) they're 1/3 local, which is better than no local at all). You're welcome!
I had this song scheduled for 9 am this morning, but then Dave went ahead and posted it before me. (Normally, Dave cannot be bothered to put up a post before 10 am because he is a massive stoner.) I'm putting this up again, because I think the h/t is worth it alone.
h/t: Jermaine B., who says "Black people over the age of 12 don't like Halloween."